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Performance to Rule Your Game – AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series

2 Nov 2020

For a while now, AMD and their Radeon brand of gaming graphics cards has had most of their portfolio of GPUs slot into the low-mid range performance tier, usually competing as value-oriented options for gamers around the world. The last generation Radeon RX 5000 series cards had some good price to performance offerings in the RX 5700 and 5700XT, but there was no answer to NVIDIA’s performance king, the RTX 2080Ti. This time around, AMD is looking to come back swinging with the RX 6000 series, with claims of performance rivalling the RTX 3080 and 3090.

Just like many of you, we are excited to see what the RX 6000 series can bring to the table. We know that competition in the industry keeps pricing competitive, and generally encourages manufacturers to deliver better products, and so we are thankful for AMD continuing to innovate and develop next generation products in the CPU and GPU markets!

GPUCompute UnitsGraphics MemoryGame ClockBoost ClockInfinity Cache
Radeon RX 6900 XT8016GB GDDR6, 256-Bit2015 MHzUp to 2250 MHz128 MB
Radeon RX 6800 XT7216GB GDDR6, 256-Bit2015 MHzUp to 2250 MHz128 MB
Radeon RX 68006016GB GDDR6, 256-Bit1815 MHzUp to 2105 MHz128 MB

As shown in the table above, AMD is releasing 3 new graphics cards based on the all new RDNA 2 architecture. At the top end sits the RX 6900XT, followed by the RX 6800XT and then the RX 6800. The new cards are engineered as the fastest gaming graphics cards that AMD has produced to date, with exceptional expected performance and energy efficiency.

Alongside the features which many gamers have come to expect from AMD Radeon graphics cards such as Radeon FreeSync and Radeon Anti-Lag, there are some new additions that are of interest. The first is DirectX 12 Ultimate support, which brings with it DirectX Raytracing, as well as Variable Rate Shading (VRS) for the ultimate visual fidelity in games, elevating your gaming experience to the next level of realism.

The second noteworthy feature addition is AMD Smart Access Memory. This new technology is exclusive to systems built with RX 6000 series graphics cards and AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors installed in B550 and X570 motherboards. This technology allows the Ryzen 5000 series processors to have greater access to the high-speed GDDR6 graphics memory on the RX 6000 series GPU, which accelerates CPU processing capabilities and hence provides a bump in performance as a result.


Recent launches of new products in the PC components industry have been seen to have poor availability and stock levels initially, and unfortunately it seems that the RX 6000 series will be no exception. Here at Computer Lounge we will be launching reference design cards on our site first, with aftermarket designs coming later on. Reference cards feature the AMD reference cooler design showcased at the launch event held by AMD. These cards are packaged by AMD’s partners such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI.

Because there will be a very small number of reference cards that we will be receiving, backorders for these reference cards most likely won’t be fulfilled. Instead an alternative AIB Card (Made by ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI) will be offered when they are available. A Significant price difference is likely to occur, and as such customers with unfulfilled backorders will be able to pay the difference for an aftermarket card. Please take note before you hit the BUY button.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT reference design cards are expected to launch November 19 2020 3AM NZT, The AIB version will be launched at 26th of November 2020 3AM NZT. The RX 6900 XT reference card is expected to be available December 8 2020. AIB cards are expected to be available some weeks after the release of the reference design cards.


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